Hawthorne Racecourse (12/1/12)
Contact: Jim Miller
MY OPTION TAKES 30TH RUNNING OF PAT WHITWORTH DEBUTANTE
STICKNEY, IL – She had never raced on dirt before but, in the end it didn’t matter. Even-money favorite My Option handled the dirt like a pro.
|My Option wins the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante at Hawthorne Racecourse on 12-1-12 Eduardo E. Perez up. - Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos|
She was determined from the start and gave her trainer, Chris Block, some anxious moments when she didn’t seem to want to relax.
According to Block, “She was pretty aggressive early and I was real concerned going into the far turn that she might have used too much up to that point. But she was much the best.”
But rider Eddie Perez did keep her in check early, she raced right off the first flight of runners, and she just took over when Perez let her run.
She took the lead midway through the stretch and drew off to a four and a half length victory. Indygo Kiss made a late surge to get up for second, beating C’Mon Feet by a neck.
“After her maiden win on the grass here (October 25) I told Tim (owner/breeder Timothy J Keeley) we were just going to train her up to this race,” Block explained. “I’ll give her a series of three five-eighth works which should set her up nicely for this race. In those works she handled the dirt well. My biggest concern was how she would settle today.”
After honest fractions of :24.92, :69.87, 1:15.79 and 1:42.00 she finished the mile and a sixteenth mile on the dirt track in 1:48.75.
Block continued: “It’s going to be hard to replace Patty (recently retired Peyote Patty) but this girl looks like she might be on her way.”
My Option paid $4.00, $3.00 and $2.40. Indygo Kiss returned $6.20 and $4.00. C’Mon Feet paid $5.60.
Live racing at Hawthorne takes place four days a week and concludes Sunday, December 30. Live racing will be conducted every Thursday-Sunday. First post daily is 2:10 pm. Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave. For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com.